The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm effective from 7 pm Saturday until 6 am Monday. A strong storm will be crossing the Ohio Valley Sunday, bringing snow to West Michigan, with some areas perhaps seeing as much as 10-12" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so near/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 8-12" possible. However, Eaton, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 4-7". Additionally, gusty winds will be blowing the snow quite a bit, causing drifting on roads along with poor visibility. Travel is discouraged from late Saturday night through Sunday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the following counties in West Michigan, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 4 am Monday: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Van Buren,  St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. A strong winter storm moving into/across the Ohio Valley will bring periods of heavy snow to the Warning area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 8 and 12" of accumulation are possible. Additionally, strong winds will cause blowing and drifting snow. Driving conditions will be hazardous Sunday. Travel is not encouraged.

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Toledo mayor lifts water ban

Updated: Monday, August 4, 2014
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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, has lifted a water ban that left 400,000 Ohio and Michigan residents scrambling for water for drinking, cooking and bathing.
Mayor D. Michael Collins says Monday that the Lake Erie drinking water is safe and that the warning has been lifted.
The announcement comes after people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan were told to avoid drinking tap water because of toxins contaminating the lake, possibly from algae.
Toledo officials issued the water warning in Ohio's fourth-largest city early Saturday.
The Ohio National Guard and other state agencies have been delivering pallets of bottled water to the city and operating water purification systems to make more drinkable water.




NEWSCHANNEL 3 – Michigan agencies are on standby, ready to help communities affected by the water crisis in Toledo.
Nearly half a million people there are still without water, after testing revealed a dangerous toxin in the water Friday.

Officials believe the toxin, microcystin, is caused by algae blooms in Lake Erie.
The problems spilled over into southeastern Michigan, as four townships in Monroe County use the same water supply.
Governor Snyder says state agencies will do everything they can to minimize the impact on local people and communities.
Officials say the tainted water cannot be used for drinking or cooking.

Boiling the water is not enough to make it safe.
People in Toledo and southeastern Michigan have been living off bottled water for three days.
Microcystin levels in most of Toledo dropped to what is considered a safe level Sunday night.

But the town is not quite ready to lift its water restrictions.

"I am not going to isolate part of the city so therefore, I've instructed our people to go re-sample and re-test,” says Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins. “I'm not going to take any chances with this community's safety and health."
Microcystin can cause nausea and potentially acute liver failure if it is consumed.
So far Michigan agencies have not received any requests for help.

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